Armstrong Ekpete is an aerospace engineer for the F-35 fighter jet program for the U.S. Department of Defense. He began his career in the United States Air Force as an air surveillance technician until he worked his way up to systems management and became a pilot, where his love for engineering began.
Armstrong Ekpete is a graduate from University of North Texas. During school, he was President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), VP of Society of Petroleum Engineers, and Public Relations Chair of the Association of Energy Engineers. He also interned with Scott Drennan at Bell Helicopter during this time.
Armstrong worked for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for a short period of time before taking a position with the Department of Defense. His passions include recruiting college students and speaking about the benefits of a career in engineering. Armstrong specializes in engineering surveillance, which is testing for non conformances found on Lockheed Martin F-35s. His employment at the Department of Defense allows him to work with private companies such as Lockheed Martin, an aerospace supplier of the United States, and with other governmental branches.
Other passions include Mars Gen, Abigail Harrison’s NGO that focuses on public outreach and exposure to human space exploration. He is also heavily involved with SWE, Society of Women Engineers.
Outside of engineering, Armstrong Ekpete has a passion for vehicles including remote control vehicles and race cars. He is also a father and husband and loves spending quality time with his family.